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The Foundational Pillars of our Program that Make Challenge Island the Go-To Choice for Millions of Parents and Educators

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STEM + ART = STEAM

"To develop a complete mind, study the science of art; study the art of science; realize that everything connects to everything else." - Leonardo DaVinci

21st Century Skills

We foster the fundamental skills kids need to thrive today and tomorrow including creativity, collaboration, communication, flexibility and leadership.

Higher Level Thinking Skills

Our programs promote deep, critical, analytical and creative thinking abilities in kids which helps ensure their long-term academic and professional success.

Project Based Learning

Our STEAM Teams engage in collaborative, inquiry-based, student-driven learning grounded in real world connections and meaningful problem-solving.

Island Destinations

Whimsical island ambience combined with cross-curricular themes make the Challenge Island experience an unforgettable adventure.

Social-Emotional Learning

We foster the social and emotional intelligence children need to form healthy relationships, make positive choices and find fulfillment in life.

Resilience

Research shows that a Challenge-Island-palm-tree-like ability be flexible and strong through life’s ”storms” is far more essential to future success than IQ.

Steam Teams

No child is an island which is why kids tackle our hundreds of proprietary challenges by combining their strengths with those of a STEAM Team of friends.

Screen Free Fun

Our programs provide digital native kids the precious opportunity to connect with their peers face-to-face and discover the wonders of the world, undeterred by devices.

"One thing that makes Challenge Island a standout is what it lacks. You’ll find no screens or digital devices in a Challenge Island after-school class, camp or family night. Instead, kids working together in STEAM Teams, are encouraged to use imagination, teamwork, and problem-solving skills to come up with creative solutions to challenges using a treasure-chest full of low-tech supplies."

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Hi, I’m Meg Pelzel!

Owner, Challenge Island North Tarrant County

Welcome to Challenge Island - North Tarrant County! I am a second-career teacher and former public relations and fund development professional. I have worked for some amazing area social service agencies as well as in elementary and secondary schools and have homeschooled in-between. I have also chartered and led youth development programs while raising my growing family. I know kids learn best when they are having fun!

Challenge Island is the perfect resource! Children have the opportunity to work together to problem solve with their imaginations as their only limit, becoming problem solvers and critical thinkers. But don’t tell them that. They think they are just having fun as they explore the different island themes.

In a world of excessive screen time and couch time, Challenge Island gets kids moving, thinking, playing and collaborating unlike any other program.

We also have a plethora of island themes that provide cross-curricular activities aligned with the required curriculum making simple and fun in-school field trips and after school activities that will enhance any lesson.

Please check out all that Challenge Island has to offer!

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